Armageddon Time

James Gray, USA 2021, 114’
Polish premiere
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James Gray directs again with the participation of the greatest stars. In Armageddon Time, the director returns to his 1980s childhood. A little boy tries to understand what this “American dream” is all about, in Queens, New York. Is it winning at any cost or maybe showing others just a little bit of kindness?

“Armageddon Time,” Gray’s eighth feature, marks a break from most of what he has done before. It’s a more personal project ­— an autobiographical coming-of-age memoir movie, set in Queens, New York, in 1980 and featuring an 11-year-old hero, Paul Graff (Banks Repeta), who navigates the sixth grade and the wider world that starts to feed into it. It’s a skillful, exacting, beguiling movie. But the other Gray movie — in this case, a high-handed progressive instructional one — looms as well.

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Marta Bałaga

James Gray

James Gray was born in 1969. His debut, Little Odessa, won the Silver Lion in Venice. He has worked with the biggest stars, including Brad Pitt in the Ad Astra show and Joaquin Phoenix in We Own the Night. Five of his films premiered in Cannes, including the latest drama Armageddon Time, starring Anne Hathaway and Anthony Hopkins. It is very likely that I don’t have the talent to have a long, interesting career, he told „The Hollywood Reporter.” But I'm not going to give up.

Selected filmography

1994 Mała Odessa / Little Odessa

2007 Królowie nocy / We Own the Night

2016 Zaginione miasto Z / The Lost City of Z

2019 Ad Astra

2022 Armagedon / Armageddon Time

Cast & Crew

director James Gray
screenplay James Gray
cinematography Darius Khondji
editing Scott Morris
music Christopher Spelman
cast Anne Hathaway, Jeremy Strong, Banks Repeta, Jaylin Webb, Anthony Hopkins
producer Marc Butan, James Gray, Anthony Katagas, Rodrigo Teixeira, Alan Terpins
production Focus Features, Keep Your Head, MadRiver Pictures, RT Features
Polish distributor UIP
language English
coloration colour
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